1951 Tasting Notes
So…have you tried the new Pepperidge Farms lemon/chocolate Milano cookies yet? You need to. They are the cookie equivalent of little chocolate dipped candy sticks I remember from childhood, and can occasionally find at Walgreens. (Reception candy sticks, I think.)
All that to say I decided to play with a tea equivalent. Half dried lemon verbena (some leftover leaves from our own K S) and half cocoa nibs. Long steep. A little sugar and we might have something here…
(Updated tea info with the description currently on Tao Tea Leaf’s website)
Scribbles is my tea hero this week, sending some treats I definitely couldn’t find in these parts and might not think to seek out. I am absolutely reveling in this one. The tea description says this contains the same leaves that grow up to be pu-erh. You totally get that.
But the first thing this cup made me think of this morning was this: melt butter in skillet. Stir in about a tablespoon of brown sugar. Grab a slice of dark wheat or rye bread and brown both sides until nearly burned. Lick the crust. That’s it.
Steeped plain ol’ western style, about 3 minutes, no milk or sugar. This is gooooood.
This one is earning a place in my heart for “favorite flavored green comfort tea” (as opposed to “favorite unflavored green comfort tea” and “favorite comfort tea ever” and… Now that you think of it, I don’t believe I want a tea that I can’t consider a comfort tea.)Sweet, not fussy for a green; lists heavily to the pineapple side. Oh, yeah, and it’s sweet.
After half a week of scurry-and-scream (work) and half a week of scurry-fret-panic-no-sleep (parent care), today is a blessing: weather rotten enough to justify staying in and time enough to make a cuppa something to enjoy slowly.
The vendor description calls this oolong " light creamy taste with a hint of marine." I get that, definitely the creamy part; however, my first taste association was sweet white grape juice. It’s not drying in the mouth at all.
Because I failed to completly read the label, I pulled the leaves out well ahead of the 5-8 minute recommended steep time (that’s definitely maritime tea!) but even so, it has a velvety, buttery-rich, texture and is plenty flavorful. Looking forward to the second submersion, cap’n.
All kinds of dire rain-sleet-snow warnings; we will likely be buried by some kind of nasty precipitation by tomorrow, so in theory, I need to select my last decent cuppa before the power starts dipping. However, time o’the evening dictates decaf, so this’ll be it. It is a decent unflavored decaf that you can coax some stoutness out of with a longer steep. A little milk/sugar can also convince you you’re drinking the real thing. My two ounce package is disappearing at a rapid rate.
The best tea ever is the first cup you drink when you are safely tucked in your house when you’ve been riding the tired, chilled, and stressed roller coaster. Even if it’s bagged Lipton. In this case, it was a little tinned, bagged, mango green that isn’t very mango-y, but is chasing away the shivers. (If someone gives you this tinned variety, don’t throw it out; use it in a pinch, and enjoy the really cute tins.)